Lucas

A few years ago, my husband and I began seeking fertility treatment. Now, we have a 15-month-old son, Lucas. Lucas is a funny, active and healthy toddler who always makes me laugh. He is such a little character and is the light of my life. In great part, I have NFFR to thank for this blessing. The hard work and research they do in the field of fertility treatment helped bring this amazing child into my life.

If every couple with children tried to imagine life without them, then they would realize the void felt by couples with fertility problems. This is why NFFR is so important. Their research makes families, and everyone should have the opportunity to be blessed with a family.

—Sue

 

Ethan & Mark

We got married later in life but still wanted to build a family together. There were many challenges we had not anticipated. Regular testing from my doctor gave us no answers, but a coworker told us about the research being done in fertility treatment and where we could turn for answers. We began seeking treatment in 2000, and we are now blessed with two boys, Ethan, 7, and Mark, 3.

The most important thing we can tell other couples seeking fertility treatment is not to give up hope. The work being done by NFFR helped us fulfill our dream, and it’s helping couples everywhere create the magic of family. I give thanks every single day for my children and know how lucky we are to have this family. As long as NFFR keeps learning and researching, the dream of having a family is alive.

—Patti

 

Hannah & Jacob

My wife and I didn’t seem to have a problem getting pregnant, it was staying pregnant that was the issue — the pregnancies terminated within three months. We had convinced ourselves that we would never be able to have children, which was heartbreaking.

We felt hope was lost, but with the advances in fertility research we decided to try again. After a number of tests, it was discovered that the miscarriages were more than likely due to chromosomal abnormalities. We went through an in vitro fertilization cycle and chromosomal analysis of the embryos. Of the nine embryos that fertilized, only five made it to the genetic testing stage. Of those five, only one was genetically normal. We transferred that one embryo and hoped for the best.

Lo and behold the pregnancy took, and not quite nine months later we welcomed a healthy baby girl, Hannah, into our lives. Hannah now has a younger brother, Jacob, whose birth was also made possible through years of fertility research.

—Carl

 

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